Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday morning toons: Special "post-racial" edition

President: Everywhere. Afghanistan: Not going anywhere. Recovery: Jobless. Wall Street: Shameless. All this and more, beginning with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up this week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Mike Keefe, Jeff Parker, Steve Sack, Scott Stantis, Jeff Darcy, Scott Schorr, Jim Day, and David Fitzsimmons.

The omnipresent president: Brian Fairrington, Jim Varvel, Bob Englehart, R. J. Matson, John Darkow, and Jeff Stahler explore a strange turn of events: When Bush was president, he set a record for total days off, at his show ranch in Crawford. On the other hand, Obama spent last week on a media blitz to prop up his wobbly health care reform initiative, and the question on every Sunday host's lips was suddenly, "Is the president becoming overexposed?"

But I think the real question isn't whether Obama should have spent so much time on news shows last week; it's how on earth he was able to be in so many places at once. Larry Wright has a theory that goes a long way toward explaining the mystery. In fact, throw in this disturbing bit of video research and it wouldn't surprise me a bit to learn that the Obama animatronic is missing from the Disneyland Hall of Presidents:

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

p3 World Toon Review: Cameron Cardow (Canada), Stephane Peray (Thailand), Martyn Turner, (Ireland), and Sergei Tunin (Russia).

It's an Ann Telnaes two-fer this week: Tom Delay isn't the only one shaking his money-maker; and Republicans become the party of personal responsibility.

"And you're not going to like it one bit!" Hollingsworth Hound faces justice in this week's offering from Tom the Dancing Bug. (Coming up next: After sending Donald and his nephews to debtor's prison, Scrooge McDuck has a momentary pang of conscience which turns out to be a slight bit of indigestion.)

I think America has become "post-racial," in much the same sense that the Coyote, hurtling toward the canyon floor below, could be said to be "post-cliff." But perhaps that's just me. In any case, The K Chronicles and This Modern World examine the exciting new world of post-racial America.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman detects a certain lack of movement.

Heh--we do this kind of stuff to him all through the picture! Fred "Tex" Avery was present at the birth (or should I say "boith") of Bugs Bunny at Warner Bros, but he only completed four Bugs shorts before leaving the studio over creative control issues in 1941. This is the second of the Avery Bugs Bunny stories, "Tortoise Beats Hare" from early 1941.

p3 Bonus Toon: Notice: No cephalopods were harmed in the making of this week's Jesse Springer cartoon:

And finally, have you bookmarked Slate's political cartoon for today?

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